CRAMBE

FAMILY: Brassicaceae

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8

Plant Details

Two species of these big, cabbage- like perennials are occasionally seen. Both have large, smooth leaves and much-branched clusters of small, honey-scented white owers. They appreciate rich, well-drained garden soil and require considerable space. In the Lower South, provide light afternoon shade.

giant kale, heartleaf colewort

crambe cordifolia

  • From the Caucasus.
  • Forms a 3 feet-wide mound of branching stems bearing dark green, 1 feet-wide leaves on long stalks.
  • Flowering stem set with smaller leaves can reach 8 feet tall.
  • Broad, branching ower cluster, up to 5 feet wide, somewhat resembles a gargantuan baby's breath (Gypsophila).
  • Requires a big garden and leaves a big vacancy when summer owering is nished; plug in annuals to ll the space.
  • Use in big borders to astonish your friends.

sea kale

crambe maritima

  • From coastal northern Europe.
  • To 2 feet tall and wide, with branched, purplish stems carrying blue-gray leaves up to 1 feet wide.
  • In early summer, sends up a 1- to 2 feet-tall stem with ower clusters to 1 feet wide.
  • Leafstalks were once widely used as a cooked (steamed) vegetable.
  • A favorite of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello.
  • Blanch leafstalks as they grow by placing large pots or boxes over them.

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